Outlook: VBA code automatically forward Unread email to another mailbox

Hi experts,

We have Outlook 2007 and Exchange 2007 in our org, there is a request to be able to forward all Unread emails from a mailbox to a different mailbox after 1 day or so, and it'll run automatically or scheduled task.

I've searched around but haven't seen a way to do this with Transport rules or Outlook rules.

I think it probably can be done by writing some VBA codes in Outlook to accomplish. If so, could anyone help or guide me how to do that? I know little to nothing about VBA

Is this possible?
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tnguyenWIRBAsked:
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Chris BottomleySoftware Quality Lead EngineerCommented:
Whilst it is possible using vba this would require the outlook client to be active ... Assuming so then we should be able to work something.

Chris
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tnguyenWIRBAuthor Commented:
Hi Chris,

I guess so, if there's no other way such as Open Outlook, run the script, send unread message, close Outlook.
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Chris BottomleySoftware Quality Lead EngineerCommented:
We could do it as a scheduled task for example hourly to run a script that does the business?
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tnguyenWIRBAuthor Commented:
Yes, I was thinking about that too.

I forgot to say, I'd like to forward only the external emails and unread, not internal ones.

Thanks,
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Chris BottomleySoftware Quality Lead EngineerCommented:
A bit of code to actually call a macro is as follows:

Dim objOL
Dim ctl
Dim cbr
Const msoControlButton = 1
Dim shell
   
    Set shell = CreateObject("wscript.shell")
    shell.Run "outlook.exe"
   
    Set objOL = CreateObject("Outlook.Application")
    Set cbr = objOL.ActiveExplorer.CommandBars("Standard")
    Set ctl = cbr.Controls.Add(msoControlButton)
    ctl.OnAction = "checkold"
'    ctl.Parameter = "fred"
    ctl.Execute
    ctl.Delete

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check old needs to be a button in outlook that runs some code to do what you want.  A  piece of code to pick up any emails in the inbox that are unread and older than 1 day would be:

Sub send24()
Dim strFilter As String
Dim inboxItems As Items
Dim unreadItems As Items
    
    strFilter = "[received] <= '" & Format(DateAdd("h", -24, Now()), "ddddd h:nn AMPM") & "'"
    Set inboxItems = Application.Session.GetDefaultFolder(olFolderInbox).Items.Restrict(strFilter)
    strFilter = "[Unread] = True"
    Set unreadItems = inboxItems.Restrict(strFilter)
        For Each itm In unreadItems
            With itm.Forward
                .To = "fred@fred.com"
                .Subject = "Delayed response ... please process"
                .Display
            End With
        Next
    
End Sub

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send24 is the code that in this case is executed by the button check old as called  by the script

Chris
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tnguyenWIRBAuthor Commented:
Sorry for the late response Chris, it was a long weekend for me :)

We had to modify the script a bit for our needs but it worked,

Thank you for your help,
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